History of Hall and Moskow


Gordon Hall, Michael Moskow are the founders and developers of Hall and Moskow Corporation; which owns and operates many residential and commercial properties in Newburyport, MA. Gordon Hall was a consultant to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) during the revitalization of Faneuil Hall during the '60's; restoring buildings that had been slated for demolition. His design and planning objectives for saving these buildings were: the creation of a modern center of activity, creation of a new residential community, reconstruction of the waterfront and creation of open spaces. Faneuil Hall, as the first urban renewal project of its kind, was repeatedly imitated and sparked a world-wide restoration trend. Gordon next came to Newburyport, at the behest of the Newburyport Historical Society, where he advised and recommended the preservation of the Inn Street and State Street buildings using the same objectives. Newburyport's remarkable examples of 18th and 19th century architecture and potential for commercial and residential development inspired Gordon to pursue the acquisition of real estate with Michael B. Moskow. The Moskow family owned multiple commercial and residential properties in Boston, businesses that continue today. Together, they implemented the principles of preservation and revitalization they were beholden to. Gordon Hall and Michael Moskow owned 18 buildings with approximately 52 housing units in Newburyport throughout the 1970's. In 1982, David D. Hall graduated from UNH and joined Hall and Moskow to lead a dramatic expansion of the firm's portfolio. They acquired 12 multi-family properties with 44 residential units, bringing the total number of housing units to 93 today. Residential restoration projects included saving from demolition, relocating and renovating three (3) 18th century buildings, for which the city of Newburyort awarded David a special commendation. Next David began converting industrial properties into space for retail and service businesses using the same visionary planning employed by Gordon with Faneuil Hall in the mid '60's. In 1985, Prime Tanning Co. sold it's Newburyport Tanneries in a residential waterfront neighborhood to Hall and Moskow, and David directed the environmental clean-up. The new Tannery Mall consisting of Mill # 1, Mill # 2 and Mill #3; offered both low cost incubator space for entrepreneurs to start businesses and competitively priced retail space. Success grew as a result of changes from the restoration of Inn Street and other industrial buildings downtown, the fact that Boston and beyond had noticed the financial advantages of Newburyport, and the increasing attractiveness of the Tannery Mall as a destination shopping center. The Tannery Mall enlarged in 1992 when Mercury Anodizing's building (a super fund clean-up site adjacent to the Tannery) was purchased. With this property, David preserved a segment of the building to establish Mill No. 4 on the Tannery campus and added space to the Tannery parking lot. Mill No. 5, on waterfront property across the street, was constructed in 2005 on what was formerly a 430,000 gallon tank farm owned by W.E. Atkinson (another successful Brownfield clean-up project run by David). David's management philosophy is an extension of Gordon and Michael's vision, one that goes beyond revitalizing industrial-use and residential property to encompass green building management practices. For example, Hall and Moskow has installed 400 (60Kw) solar panels to generate most of The Tannery's common area power needs, mandates recycling by it's commercial tenants, bales the Tannery cardboard –cutting trash volume in half – and is now the first in New England to experiment with using heliostats (computer-operated mirrors) to melt stockpiles of snow.